seaport & capital of Lebanon, on the Mediterranean: pop. c. 1,500,000
See Beirut in American Heritage Dictionary 4
The capital and largest city of Lebanon, in the western part of the country on the Mediterranean Sea. Founded by the Phoenicians, it was an important Greek and Roman trade center. Beirut was the scene of bitter factional fighting between Christians and Muslims after the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in 1975 and was further destroyed by an Israeli siege in 1982. Population: 1,250,000.